Paradigm Shift in PreOperative Skin Preparation

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the number one most costly hospital acquired infection (HAI).

Despite efforts to prevent the occurrence of surgical site infections, they continue to pose dangerous clinical consequences that result in significant economic burden. Infection preventionists, surgeons and perioperative clinicians are in need of innovative solutions to address this issue. This whitepaper reviews current practices, recommendations and the use of preoperative skin preparations aimed at reducing the incidence of infection, and introduces a new technology developed to address patient compliance issues and improve protection of preoperative skin.

  • Learn about the prevalence and economic impact of surgical site infections

  • Review current preoperative skin preparation practices and recommendations

  • Discover how a recently FDA cleared product addresses compliance issues in preoperative skin preparation

Covalon's MediClear PreOp - Antimicrobial Self-Adherent Silicone Film Drape for PreOperative Skin with Chlorhexidine and Silver is a breathable, transparent, self-adhesive, silicone barrier film-drape that conforms to the contours of a patient's skin at the planned incision or insertion site to protect the patient from exposure to bacteria and yeast, and provides an effective physical barrier against external contamination during wear. MediClear PreOps application is so simple, it can be applied by patients themselves or by clinicians at a consultation before their surgery. MediClear PreOp is then removed immediately prior to surgery by a clinician in the operating room under sterile conditions. Covalon researches, develops and commercializes new healthcare technologies that help save lives around the world. Covalon's patented technologies, products and services address the advanced healthcare needs of medical device companies, healthcare providers and individual consumers. To learn more, contact Covalon Technologies Ltd. at